14:50 - Pettigrew drop #1.
11:43 - Great first drive (five passes, three runs) killed by third down failure. Pettigrew and Burleson's routes practically collide, and the linebacker covering Pettigrew out-physicals him (maybe gets away with a hold), giving Stafford no room to pass.
8:52 - Oh, Stephen Tulloch, when will you learn how to fall on a fumble?
6:50 - Two inaccurate passes by Stafford on 2nd and 3rd down stall this drive, not the running game. 3 rushes for 15 yards, two passes for four yards.
6:00 - No idea what went wrong on this 32 yard pass for the Titans. Lions playing a soft zone. Either Tulloch didn't drop far enough back, or Bentley or Coleman dropped too far. Ugly.
4:12 - "Maybe his first big run of the year...that's ten yards!" Hilarious. Terrible job by linebackers. Just check out Levy.
Chris Johnson is directly behind him. That is, Levy is facing the wrong way with Johnson DIRECTLY BEHIND HIM.
2:45 - Tully with a great read, fires into the backfield, gets held and STILL slows down Johnson enough for no-gain.
2:08 - Holy crap! An effective blitz! Probably the first time all season the Lions managed to get an unblocked blitzer. And what do you know, it caused a 3rd down stop.
0:49 - Still very confused at people who were insistent that Calvin caught this ball. He did not. Yes he got both feet in, but ball CLEARLY comes out when he hits the ground.
Hard to see on a screen grab, but that ball isn't in his hands and hits the ground. No controversy here.
Drive summary: 2 rushes, 5 yards; 1 pass, 0 yards.
0:33 - I have nothing to say about the Music City Miracle play.
14:45 - Stafford did not sell that screen at all, too obvious, and Logan continues to be a liability on offense. Don't understand why he's ever used.
13:00 - Epic. Epic safety failure. Lions in cover-2, Locker trying to split the two deep safeties. Coleman was in good position, but failed to knock the ball away or make a tackle. One ugly, Spievey whiff later, touchdown.
12:52 - Very effective play-action resulting in 10 yards on first down.
11:00 - Pettigrew with a 3rd down catch in traffic. Goooood, Pettigrew.
10:00 - Big hole for Leshore. Good...run...blocking?
7:00 - Incredibly frustrating drive. Moved so effectively down the field, had 2nd and 3 from Titans 15. Followed it up with an ineffective bubble screen, then a failed assignment on running play. Peterman went straight to the second level, letting a guy through that Cherilus couldn't get to in time. That guy made the tackle. Cherilus was pissed.
FOX decides it's more important to show Jake Locker running down the field at this point, rather than the Titans' big stop on third down. I am not amused.
5:49 - Chris Houston with a great stop on third down. Caused a disruption on the catch AND made the tackle. Safeties, take notice.
4:15 - Leshoure is a first down machine. According to Football Outsiders, he had eight first downs on the ground and two through the air.
2:55 - Scott Linehan came under fire a lot for this game, and on this third down play, he deserved it. The defensive end did not bite on the inside draw and was there to blow up the outside pitch. Leshoure had been dominating up the middle. No reason to be cute here. Credit to Leshoure for almost picking up the first anyway. 4th and 2 from Titans 45 yard line. Debatable go-for-it territory.
1:44 - BILL BENTLEY WITH A HUGE HIT!!! on jacob lacey...
1:04 - Tulloch and Lacey with terrible angles on the Locker scramble. Clearly underestimated Locker's speed.
13:45 - For all the crap that the defensive line took this game, they sure clogged the middle of the line all day. It's when Johnson bounced it outside that they had problems.
13:24 - Hey guys, I found it! Good coverage by a safety!
12:20 - Two good defensive plays on 1st and 2nd down, followed by an offsides and a three-yard pass that allowed the tight end to walk his way to a first down. Pattern...developing...
9:30 - Announcing tip: When calling a field goal good, it's imperative that you actually watch the ball go through the uprights first.
9:25 - Pettigrew drop #2. Baaaad Pettigrew.
6:36 - I wish offense was this easy all the time. Lions took less than three minutes to drive 69 yards.
5:17 - Absolutely inexcusable third down defense. Lions only using three lineman, so they are depending on good coverage. Problem is, the players in zone in the middle of the field inexplicably drop too far beyond the first down sticks. Just look at all the space the tight end has for an easy first down.
4:39 - Levy missed tackle. Drink.
0:29 - Calvin Johnson draws a couple defenders, Burleson wide open. I'm starting to feel...better.
14:30 - Holding call on Cherilus. Debatable. It wasn't for long, but it was pretty effective. I think that normally gets ignored. Absolutely killer in the red zone.
14:00 - I hate this play. Stafford doesn't sell it again, and everyone sees the pass to Burleson coming.
12:44 - Titus Young with his best Dan Orlovsky impression. White field means baaaaad. More frustration as the Lions mistakes continue to mount, costing them four points here.
6:53 - Lions touchdown drive: 9 plays. 6 rushes, 3 passes....perhaps I'm being too subtle.
THE RUSHING GAME IS NOT HURTING THIS OFFENSE, IT'S HELPING.
Better? Side note: Calvin Johnson with no touches on that drive.
6:41 - I have nothing to say about the kickoff return other than Logan left his lane, and Jonte Green manages to annoy me even when he only plays four plays a game.
5:59 - Terrible call on the Pettigrew hold. Once again, devastating. Also, once again, there's no replay. FOX did an awful job today.
4:09 - Cherilus and Peterman again not on the same page and yelling at each other. Offensive line chemistry is important, and those two clearly don't have it.
3:13 - *PROJECTILE VOMIT EVERYWHERE* Where do I start with this play? Jacob Lacey is in position to make a play, but fails to put a hand up, make a tackle or do anything that resembles football. Wendling decides to take a terrible angle and has no interest in making a tackle, so he pretends to make an effort by swatting at the air for some reason. But, hey, at least we have one of the best secondaries in the league...
Let me take this moment to warn you that the rest of this post will contain a lot of caps lock and obscenities. If you are not comfortable with that, or just do not want to relive the rest of this game, I completely understand.
2:20 - Drop by Will Heller. I BET THAT WON'T COME BACK TO BITE US IN THE ASS..
1:18 - BRANDON PETTIGREW, HANDING THE BALL OFF IS SOLELY RESERVED FOR THE QUARTERBACK. NOT ONLY BECAUSE HE PRACTICES IT EVERY DAY IN PRACTICE, BUT BECAUSE THE COACHES HAVE INSTRUCTED HIM WHICH TEAM TO HAND THE BALL OFF TO. YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO DO THIS AGAIN. IF YOU DO, YOU WILL BE TERMINATED. NOT FIRED, LITERALLY TERMINATED.
0:20 - I'm not being facetious. That was one of the best clock-managed drives I've ever seen. Used all three timeouts to perfection. Only issue was Joique Bell failing to get out of bounds once.
0:18 - I love you, Jason Hanson. I fucking love you.
0:08 - If Burleson doesn't drop that pass, this never happens...
0:00 - HOLY SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT. TITUS YOUNG, I FORGIVE EVERYTHING. I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
*NOTE: everything was not okay. I don't forgive Titus, and I certainly don't love him.
14:40 - A tight end against a Lions safety that isn't Louis Delmas is always a mismatch.
12:42- HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU HOLD ON A THIRD AND 16 IN OVERTIME! YOU WEREN'T EVEN IN TROUBLE, BENTLEY! YOU WERE IN FINE POSITION AND FOR SOME DUMBASS REASON YOU FELT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO GRAB A HOLD OF HIM. WHY, GOD, WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY.
12:12 - DOUBLE INCOMPETENT REF TIME! First they overturn the catch for some stupid reason, then they mark the personal foul penalty from the wrong side of the field. Replacement refs are horrible. There is no refuting this.
10:20 - Play-action rollout to Pettigrew. All. Day. Long.
9:15 - What an unbelievable catch by Calvin. That pass is easily picked off with any mortal receiver, but Megatron elevates soooo damn high, it's hard to believe what you're watching.
Series of events on final four downs:
1) Joique Bell misses huge cutback lane, 2 yards.
2) Bell drops a poorly thrown pass that would've gained a first down.
3) Leshoure escapes tackle nicely, but fails to reach the ball out as he's going to the ground. This was a good spot by refs, but if Mikel reaches out, there is no fourth down.
As stated by everyone, I'm extremely disappointed to hear that Jim Schwartz had no intention of going for it here. It was the right call and, hell, it was even the right play call (even though there technically wasn't a play call). If the rest of the offensive lineman are intending on playing that down, I bet they pick it up. Instead, we have the enormous gaffe by everyone and an embarrassing Sunday.
Thus ends the game that shall be known forward as Clusterfuck 2012.